Study In Italy – A Guide For Nepalese Students

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Study In Italy – A Guide For Nepalese Students

asmita March 2, 2023 0 Comments

Foreign education is a term we are all have been familiarized with. It is an increasingly popular choice for students that want to expand their horizons. It isn’t difficult to see why either. You get exposed to a different culture than what you were brought up with, new friends, environment, and language.

In the context of Nepal, European countries, America, Canada, and Australia are popular choices among students for foreign education. It’s an exciting adventure in a new place so buckle up, we’re going to study in Italy.

Why Italy?

Pizza isn’t the only thing Italy is known for. Italy lies in the Southern part of Europe, with rich history, beautiful landscapes, and cultural heritage. It has preserved thousands of years’ worth of history dating far back as the Stone Age. 

Italy houses some of the top-tier universities known for high-quality education. There isn’t a lack of programs a student can choose to study.

Interested in fashion? Italy’s got it. How about something more technical, a medical degree? Italy’s got that too. From top universities like the university of Bologna to a myriad of subject choices you have, Italy is one of the best countries you can pursue your higher education.

Something you should be familiar with, Italy is a country with beautiful landscapes and food. There’s more than just pizzas or pasta Italy’s cuisine has to offer. The country’s cuisine is popular all over the world with such a fine class that leaves your taste buds wanting more.

Art and architecture in the country are grand with each region having a unique sight to offer. Work-education-social life in Italy as a student is easier to balance too. It has quite a number of international students studying there, so you won’t find any difficulty trying to fit in.

Education in Europe remains relatively cheaper compared to the US. Tuition fees in Italy are affordable compared to many parts of the world. Pair it with quality education and that’s all you’ll need.

Can’t forget that you’ll need to learn Italian too. There’s just something adventurous about learning a new language.

Intake Seasons and Application Timelines

There are two intake seasons for universities in Italy, Students can apply for a university in Italy either for the fall or spring intake.

If you want to enroll for the fall intake (September), the application process begins as early as May or June.

Students are required to start appearing for common entrance exams such as GRE and GMAT. Language proficiency tests for both English and Italian are essential if you want to apply for a student university.

If you want to enroll for the winter intake (February), the application process begins in October and November.

This in no way is concrete timing as application processes and deadlines depend on the university or program that you have decided on.

Process of Studying in Italy from Nepal

Here is a list of things you’ll have to prepare if you want to apply for a university in Italy.

  1. Proof of Identity ( Citizenship, government ID cards)
  2. Passport size photographs
  3. Application Form
  4. Transcripts (Academic sheets including merits)
  5. Curriculum Vitae
  6. Statement of Purpose (SoP)
  7. Letter of Recommendation
  8. Language Proficiency Scores (Italian and English)
  9. Official SAT/ACT scores

Once your application is accepted, the next step is to apply for a student visa.

A thing to note: Processing time is a major thing to consider when applying for a student visa. A student visa usually takes between 2-4 weeks to process. It depends on the workload of the embassy too. Just make sure your application has no errors so that you save time when applying.

Things Required for a Student Visa

If you are a student planning to apply for a student visa in Italy, you will need to provide several documents as part of your application. These may include:

  1. Passport sized photograph
  2. Travel documents
  3. Letter of Acceptance from an Italian University
  4. Proof of sufficient funds for supporting a student’s education and living
  5. If a student has got a scholarship, attach the necessary documents
  6. Proof of arranged accommodation for the period of studies
  7. Paid health insurance
  8. Receipt of visa and other required fees

Universities Programs Offered in Italy

Programs offered vu Universities In Italy

There are many Top Global Universities in Italy. Italian universities offer a wide range of programs for international students.

Here are some popular options:

  1. Business and Management
  2. Engineering and Technology
  3. Arts and Humanities
  4. Law and Political Science
  5. Medicine and Health Sciences
  6. Science and Mathematics
  7. Agriculture and Environment

Cost of Living in Italy

The monthly expenditure for a student varies from city to city. If a student is wise with their money, a month in Italy should cost them between 900-1000 Euros.

This will cover your accommodation, groceries, eating out, health insurance, transportation, and probably some of your extra shopping.

Again, your expenditure varies on your lifestyle and the place you decide to study in. Cities such as Milan are more on the expensive side. It’s important to plan and budget your expenditure, especially as an international student.

Scholarship Opportunities

Whether you can afford it or not, scholarships are always welcome. Scholarships help students support themselves financially and it takes a lot of burden off them.

Universities in Italy also have many scholarship programs that students can apply for. Generally, scholarship programs are offered to the academically/extra-curricular bright or financially weaker student. 

How much of your university fees are exempted depends on the type of scholarship you receive. Some scholarships are full rides, covering entire tuition fees and miscellaneous while some are partial.

If students are capable enough, they can get up to 100% scholarships and free accommodation from the university. 

Additionally, students can also apply for scholarship programs from different organizations to help support them in their education. 

Working Opportunities

Requirements for working part-time as an international student are similar all over the world. While the amount of money you are paid depends on the place or country you are in, international students can work a max of 20 hours a week. This is changed to 40 hours a week during longer holiday breaks. The minimum wage for Italy is around 10-11 Euros.

Students can find themselves working for restaurants, or as interns for universities, retail, freelance, etc. However, It’s necessary to have the required permits and authorization from the Italian government to work part-time as an international student.  

Student Lifestyle

Italy is a culture-rich country with a unique lifestyle. Nepalese students could face some culture shock on how Italians live their lives. However, it isn’t all that difficult to adapt to. 

You’ll find more time to socialize while you’re in Italy. Students can find time for socializing, studying, and working at the same time. Socialization here takes place over long meals and coffee breaks. It’s a laid-back country with plenty of things to do during your stay here. 

Italy is known in the world for its fashion industry too. You shouldn’t be surprised to see people in all kinds of fashionable dresses and whatnot. Remember to pack your wardrobe with street casuals, that look approachable and presentable. 

Patience, adaptability, tolerance, and open-mindedness go a long way when you are an international student in someplace foreign to you. It will help you adapt to your place much more quickly and help you build stronger connections.

Sure, you’ll miss home but you will be able to fully immerse yourself in the local customs and the way of life here in Italy.